Music fans mourn shop owner’s passing

MUSICIANS in Cork have been saddened at news of the death of music shop owner Michael Crowley.

Best known to the wider public as having sold Rory Gallagher his famous sunburst Fender Stratocaster guitar in 1963, he was well known and respected by music enthusiasts from Cork and further afield who visited Crowley’s Music Centre on MacCurtain Street for new instruments, repairs, sound equipment and many other services.

The family business was started in Merchant’s Quay in the 1930s by his father Tadhg and his uncle Denis, who started out making and repairing uileann pipes.

Some of Michael’s children are now involved in the running of the shop.

Gallagher bought the 1961 Fender guitar that became the legendary bluesman’s trademark up to his early death in 1995, and was a frequent visitor to Crowley’s store during return trips to Cork.

U2’s sound engineer Joe O’Herlihy, also a native of the city, put his talents down to training he received while working in the shop during the early 1970s.

Michael died unexpectedly in the early hours yesterday at Cork University Hospital. He is survived by his wife Patricia, daughters Deirdre, Sheena, Fiona, Aideen, and sons Tadhg and Michael.

His removal will take place on Monday evening from his home in Ballinlough to the nearby Our Lady of Lourdes Church, where funeral Mass will be at midday on Tuesday.

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